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Quick Lemon Chicken Bocconcini

In Italian, "Bocconcini" means "tidbits" - so this is basically the Italian version of chicken nuggets!

This recipe was sent to us from Giada's mom, Veronica - and we're just obsessed with it. We love this quick and easy technique to give bite-sized pieces of chicken tons of flavor and a golden brown crust.

Serve this over rice and vegetables, alongside a salad, or just dunk them into your favorite dipping sauce for the easiest comfort meal ever.

chicken bocconcini

Quick Lemon Chicken Bocconcini


Main Course

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




The Giadzy Kitchen

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  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch bite-sized pieces

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, from one large lemon
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs


  1. Add flour and salt to a small bowl or a large plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces to the flour and toss well to coat.
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil. Let the oil heat up for 30 seconds. Add the chicken pieces to the pan, shaking off any excess flour as you go. Add the dried rosemary to the pan alongside the chicken. Cook the chicken undisturbed for about 5 minutes or until the first side is golden brown. Flip the chicken and begin to cook the chicken on the second side.
  3. Add the lemon juice to the pan and continue to cook until the juice is almost entirely evaporated, about 3 to 4 minutes longer. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with the breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring often with a rubber spatula until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes longer. Once the breadcrumbs have browned, remove the pan from the heat.

  4. Serve hot alongside rice, pasta, salad, vegetables and more.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
23 grams
28 grams
11 grams
Saturated Fat
2 grams
73 milligrams
787 milligrams
1 grams
1 grams
dairy free

2 reviews & comments

  • Author's avatar image

    This recipe was delicious! I served it as the hub of a happy hour, and everyone loved it! Truly was the piece de resistance! Easy, and fun to tell everyone it was Giada’s Mom’s recipe!!

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    Christina Johnston

    This chicken is so delicious and most importantly quick and easy! I have also used fresh ground Italian seasoning when I didn’t have rosemary in the garden. Still excellent. I love lots of lemon so I add a little more than the recipe calls for. I put this chicken over a chopped salad, in a grain bowl, in wraps, and over pasta with a simple alio y olio. It’s a win win every time.

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